After years of low attendance, poor revenue, and controversy with the City of Glendale the Arizona Coyotes may be moving to a direction of stability. On Monday the Coyotes announced a proposal for a new hockey facility. The plans are for a 16,000 seat NHL arena and a 4,000 seat multi sport arena and practice facility. This complex will be shared with the Arizona Sun Devils.
This is a strong step in the right direction. It is a proposal, not a solidified agreement. That will come if and when the Coyotes met all the requirements. Is this the beginning of positive things in Arizona or is this the final straw that sends the team packing. Lets hope this solves the poor attendance problems caused by a less than convenient location in Glendale. The Coyotes deserve a break, but they will need fan support and this proposal. Otherwise they will be gone.
- Steven Stamkos left Tuesday nights game against the Detroit Red Wings with a lower-body injury. The incident happened in the first period, and he did not return to the game. Details are unknown at this time.
- The Winnipeg Jets are on the move. Tuesday nights shutout victory over the Chicago Blackhawks has moved the Jets into second place in the very difficult Central Division.
- The Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday inducted three players (Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov and Rogie Vachon) and one builder (Pat Quinn) – and also honored two media members (Sam Rosen and Bob Verdi) – as part of its class of 2016.
- Michael Grabner scored twice to lead the Rangers to their seventh win in their past eight outings and to a 12-4-0 record overall (24 points), tied with the Blackhawks (11-3-2, 24 points) for second in the NHL behind the Canadiens (13-2-1, 27 points). This marks just the second time in New York’s 90-year history that they have won 12 of their first 16 games to start a season; the other instance came in 2015-16 when they began 12-2-2. Grabner, who shares second in the NHL in goals, has 10-3—13 through 16 games this season, eclipsing his goal total from 2015-16 (9-9—18 in 80 GP w/ TOR).
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